Tiger Woods was odds on to win the season’s first major tournament before backing out on Tuesday. The four-time green jacket champion and World number 1 had not missed a Masters since turning pro in 1997.
Woods confirmed this on his website
“I’d like to express my disappointment to the Augusta National membership, staff, volunteers and patrons that I will not be at the Masters.
“It’s a week that’s very special to me. It also looks like I’ll be forced to miss several upcoming tournaments to focus on my rehabilitation and getting healthy.”
The exclusion of the Woods factor now leaves the door open for a select few to not only conquer Augusta but over take him on the rankings. The price on Rory McIlroy (15/2) has slinked lower and lower with every passing day, and although the 2011 US Open champion and 2012 wonder boy has underperformed at the Masters over the past couple of years, he finished tied for 25th last year, and in 2011 he was the leader through 63 holes before stumbling down the stretch to finish tied for 15th.No one bet on this
Justin Rose (25/1) – What quality with stats to prove that he certainly fits the bill as a prime contender. Winning his maiden major last year will have given him a burst of extra encouragement as he bids for another. What makes him one to bet on is the fact that every single time that he has made the cut he has never finished below 39th place South African-born English golfer also has a brace of top 10s at the Masters.
Defending champion Adam Scott (+10/1) got the better of Angel Cabrera in an exhilarating tiebreaker last year, becoming the first Australian to win the converted green jacket. Prior to his 2013success the man from down under had a trio of top-20 finishes. His been in exceptional form of late with his worst finish of the season coming at the WGC Cadillac were he picked up as T25 which really isn’t some to cry about now is it.
Past champions and ever ready veterans make up the ruffy list of +7,000 or higher-rated longshot.
Vijay Singh the 2000 winner is at 150/1), his 2013 result – tied for 38th and with three top-30 finishes at Augusta, you never know what to expect from the former champion.
The 44-year old Big Easy – Ernie Els (110/1) has been exception played exceptionally well at Augusta in recent times. He finished second in 2000 and in 2004, and was tied for 13th last year. Another South African veteran worth his weight in when in shape and in form is Richard Stern (125/1). South African contingent Trevor Immelman 150/1 is looking good at the moment. His made four successive cuts from The Honda to the Texas Open with four other top 20 finishes at the Masters also add to Trevor’s honours, he is certainly one to watch.
If it’s value you’re looking for, look no further than Bubba Watson (22/1) and Lee Westwood 55/1) Watson did win the 2012 Masters, and though finished tie for 50th last year, he is still a player that merits laying money on. Westwood, on the other side of that coin, has been known to be quite consistent at Augusta, having finished not worse than 11th in each of his last four campaigns.They were not even buying new motors to celebrate.
When you visit an online sports betting book, you will firstly come across three main betting options. These include the ‘Outright’ ‘Field’, and betting if one player will beat another, ‘duel betting’
Punters can wager on a specific golfer to win the event or bet on the fact that that a golfer will place in the top three. Most sports books offer place betting for up to six places.
Includes an option to wager on all the other golfers besides those listed by the bookmaker. Even though a punter gets the value of more than one golfer with one wager, the field almost always consists of longshot golfers who have been given the least probability to win the event.
Bookmakers set up head to heads specifically for the purpose of theatrical golf showdown. ” Golfer with similar qualities are paired and pundits are given the opportunity to wager if one golfer will beat the other. Because there is a number golf tournaments contested across the globe throughout the course of a year, ‘duel betting’ provides a great deal of betting prospects.
Apart from the three main types of golf betting options, there are also a variety of exotic wagers on can consider as well. These options differ depending upon which sports book you visit, but are all offered as a result of the expansive aspects and diversity within the sport. Here’s a small sample of the props that you might come across in golf betting.
- 3 Balls – During the first two days of a golf tournament, players ordinarily go out in groups of three (3 balls),
- one can then place a bet on which if these participants will have the lowest tally after 18 holes.
- 2 Balls – Are the same as 3 balls, with the obvious different being the fact that that there are only two golfers in a grouping. These pairings go head to head during the last two days of a golf tournament.
- Margin of Victory – Predicting what the stroke margin will be between the first and second finisher. For Example, the punter might perceive an over/under of 1.5 strokes between the two front runners.
- Nationality of the Competition Winner – You can also bet on what nationality the tournament winner will be. In many sports books of variation of this exotic type, such as a USA vs. Rest of the World option, or just a basic list of countries from which the participants come from.
- Lowest Round of the Tournament – Another over/under betting option were one can bet if the lowest round of the tournament will be over or under a certain amount. Perhaps, gamblers might see an over/under of 68.5 strokes.
- Will a Player finish in the Top 10
- Will there be a Playoff? – Wagering on if there may be a playoff at the end of a tournament.
- Spread Betting: A tournament index is formed where points are assigned to the first eight spots. The golfing statistics of a player particularly on how they have played during the course of the season and for the particular golf course can assist you as you predict the were they will place in relation to their performance in the golf tournament.
T20 has arguably become the most popular form of cricket in recent years. It has revolutionized the gentleman’s game into a cut-thought, action packed and genuinely entertaining sceptical. With batsmen indulging our appetites for master blasting innings (made up of big fours and sixes) and bowlers constantly under pressure to execute the ultimate demise – if you looking for an adrenaline packed affair T20 is the way to go. The biggest T20 international tournament on the International Cricket Conference schedule is the T20 World Cup. It takes place once every two years and is set to get underway this March in Bangladesh. The new and exciting format has been planned for this year’s event includes a qualifying phase as well as a Super 10 round. The top 8 (full member) squads on the ICC T20 International Championship rankings automatically qualify for the Super 10 round, while the eight remaining teams contest in the preceding qualifying phase, from which two teams will advance to the Super 10 business end of the competition.
As per the current standings on the ICC Championship rankings, cricket betting fans are tipping Sri-Lanka with their number one ranking to lift the trophy with India and Pakistan closely following on the market list. These sub-continent sides have a near perfect idea of how to bat on the slow tracks and possess the right spin and pace bowling balance for those Bangladeshi tracks. So it definitely wouldn’t a shocker if a sub-continent team reigns triumphant. The 2014 ICC World T20 will host 35 matches, with the hosts Bangladesh set to open proceedings against Afghanistan in Mirpur on March 16th. The semi-finals are set to be played on April 3rd and 4th and the final on April 6th.
Golfing icons, international tournament victors and spectacular talents tee off on Thursday the 10th of April the 2014 for the years first Golf Major, The Masters Tournament at the Augusta National GC.
The field will be headlined by a number of cut throat Major winners .With the top 10 golfers in the world in the who’s who list of who’s favoured at Augusta, this including ; Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, and Zach Johnson.
The Big question seizing quite a bit if not all the attention in the lead up to the event is;
Will Tiger be healthy for the Masters?
He alluded to the fact that his back was, actually, worse than he had initially expected and that it was still too soon to confirm whether or not he would be ready for the Major, but In the face of dissent, the whole world wants Tiger Woods to play the Masters. He is not only golf’s most recognized personality; he is arguably the most fascinating sports celebrity in the world, so there will be amply drama with Tiger Woods at Augusta this year.
Other players eager to stake a claim on that $8,000,000 purse will have one more chance earn a place in the Masters field at the Valero Texas Open. The only golfers at the Valero Texas Open who can move forward into the top 50 are Chesson Hadley (No. 56) and Ryan Palmer (No. 62). Everyone else want to make the top 50 would have to dig deep because they would have to win the event to secure an automatic invitation.
The top 4 contenders who have the best chance of finally putting on green and bet on their golf game are;
The finally inform Rory McIlroy, Matt Kuchar who finished top eight in both of his last two appearances at Augusta. Jason Day who as achieved a pair of top threes in the last three years at Augusta is sure to impress, well provided that his bum wrist doesn’t act up. Hunter Mahan – with three top 12s in his previous five Augusta outings is bound to get it right some time just wondering if this will be the year he does.
As with every year and season of the Masters Tournament, betting firms will once again go all out in offering the best markets, spreads and exotics which will be continuously updated throughout the four days, as the world’s top golfers go head to head for a share of the $8,000,000 grand prize money.